A recent acquisition, and a real diamond in both rarity and quality.
Preface to the First Edition:
My Dear Freen,
Whun a gied the furst book to Mister Allen he prented sae mony thoosan's that a thocht they wud niver a been sell't, but he tells me he niver did see ocht gaun aff the wae they did, an' there's har'ly a coppy noo left.... a jist write fur my freens aboot hame, an' if ony weel lerned buddy happens fur til see this, a hope they'll beer that in min'. They hae plenty till write gran books fur them, but there's no mony fowk bother their heids writin' ocht fur plain country workin men..."
from Humorous Readings by Robin, Volume II, Second Edition (1886)